Novels The Best Postmodern Novels  

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List of the best postmodern novels from popular postmodern authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo that are reactions against Enlightenment and Modernist literature. Postmodern novels use techniques like fragmentation, paradox and questionable narrators in their writing to be experimental in literature. The purpose of postmodern novels is to take serious subjects from a distance and disconnect and be able to depict the stories with irony and humor.

The list asks the question, “What is the best postmodern novel?” The list is voted on to decide the favorite postmodern novel. If some of the postmodern novels by the best postmodern writers aren't listed, then be sure to add them so that other readers can vote on them.

Some of the best themes and techniques that are used in postmodern novels are irony and black humor, metafiction, non-linear narratives and fragmentations, paranoia, minimalism, or maximalism. Novels that include these features are on the list, such as House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard and Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. Vote up the best postmodern novels right here.
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174 55
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
David Foster Wallace

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154 46
Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Thomas Pynchon

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176 58
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

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95 30
If on a winter's night a trave... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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98 32
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Don DeLillo

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122 48
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Joseph Heller

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84 28
The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Thomas Pynchon

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93 46
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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77 36
House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mark Z. Danielewski

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47 16
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Don DeLillo

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69 33
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
William S. Burroughs

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67 34
Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

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64 32
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Hunter S. Thompson

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51 23
Labyrinths is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Jorge Luis Borges

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41 17
Ubik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Philip K. Dick

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50 27
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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41 21
Molloy; Malone dies ; The unna... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

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24 7
V. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Thomas Pynchon

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43 23
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Haruki Murakami

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43 24
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Umberto Eco

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26 10
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added John Kennedy Toole

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27 11
Blood Meridian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Cormac McCarthy

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31 15
The Recognitions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
William Gaddis

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34 18
Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Jorge Luis Borges

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58 42
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Chuck Palahniuk